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Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith, and Friendship

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On an otherwise typical Monday morning, a middle-aged writer enters her living room and finds a woman standing by her fig tree. The woman is wearing a blue trench coat, white sneakers, and a white shawl over her hair. She is holding a purse and a suitcase. She is the Virgin Mary — and after 2000 years of petition, adoration, and traveling, she's in need of a little R&R.

Invited in for lunch, Mary decides to stay for one week, during which an unlikely friendship develops. As our narrator learns the remarkable history of one of the most influential and complex women of all time, she is moved to examine life's big questions and her own capacity for faith. Witty and gently ironic, this inventive novel is an inspiration to believers and nonbelievers alike.

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"Schoemperlen's...intellectualizing is entertaining." Chicago Tribune

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"Our Lady of the Lost and Found satisfies the hunger for both good...storytelling and honest-to-God soul-searching." Elle

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"[A] highly intelligent and unique discourse on philosophy and the phenomenon of human faith." Library Journal

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"This delightful portrait of the Mother of God as an exhausted contemporary female sporting a blue trench coat and white Nikes will appeal to readers seeking an unconventional form of spiritual renewal." Booklist

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One Monday morning in April, a middle-aged writer walks into her living room to water the plants and finds a woman standing beside her potted fig tree. Dressed in a navy blue trench coat and white Nikes, the woman introduces herself as "Mary. Mother of God.... You know. Mary." Instead of a golden robe or a crown, she arrives bearing a practical wheeled suitcase. Weary after two thousand years of adoration and petition, Mary is looking for a little R and R. She's asked in for lunch, and decides to stay a week. As the story of their visit unfolds, so does the story of Mary-one of the most complex and powerful female figures of our time-and her changing image in culture, art, history, as well as the thousands of recorded sightings that have placed her everywhere from a privet hedge to the dented bumper of a Camaro.

As this Everywoman and Mary become friends, their conversations, both profound and intimate, touch upon Mary's significance and enduring relevance. Told with humor and grace, Our Lady of the Lost and Found is an absorbing tour through Mary's history and a thoughtful meditation on spirituality, our need for faith, and our desire to believe in something larger than ourselves.

About the Author

Diane Schoemperlen is the author of the acclaimed novel In the Language of Love and five short story collections, including Forms of Devotion, which won Canada's Governor General's Award for Fiction.

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titianlibrarian, January 21, 2008 (view all comments by titianlibrarian)
This title jumped out at me, but I've never before read anything by Schoemperlen (Forms of Devotion, In the Language of Love, Hockey Night in Canada and Other Stories, The Man of My Dreams, Frogs and Other Stories, and Double Exposures).

Like the author, the protagonist is a lady author living outside Toronto, Canada. The story begins when, after a few curious coincidences, Mary (the mother of God) comes to the woman's house and asks if she can stay there for the week.

--I need a place to stay for a week, she said.
--Here? I croaked. You want to stay here?
--Yes, she said. I am so tired. I need a break.
She brushed the stray curls back from her forehead and sighed...Her face faltered in the sunlight and I could see it then around her eyes, in the lines on her forehead and on either side of her mouth. I could see that fatigue all women of a certain age are prone to, that bone-deep weariness that can only be caused by life itself.

The only promise she extorts from the author is that she not write about this experience as fact, but that she temper the book with the statement: "This is a work of fiction." Throughout the week, they go through the routines of making meals, washing dishes, reading the newspaper, and talking with each other. A large majority of the book is a recounting of the Mary sightings and miracles over two millennia, though it's hard to tell who has inserted them into the narrative, Mary or the author. While these are interesting, their placement in the story is only a distraction to the plot, not adding anything to the novel except pages.

I would reread sections of this book again and again; some of it has echoes of Kathleen Norris's uplifting spirituality mixed with Ann Morrow Lindbergh-like practicalities of the everyday interactions with God. I like the details of the author's descriptions; I find myself folding down pages just because I like how she captures a time or a mood in a paragraph.

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Bookwomyn, January 4, 2008 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
Someone gave me this book years ago - because I am catholic - and all I can remember of it is that I didn't finish it. Could not get into it at all. I guess I'm just not that into whimsy.
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marthajo, December 31, 2007 (view all comments by marthajo)
This book is delightful. The basic situation is presented with humor, whimsy and respect. The author explores all sorts of things besides the Virgin Mary, including physics and poetry. Just when you begin to get tired of whatever it is, she switches to something else, keeping you both entertained and enlightened.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142001325
Author:
Schoemperlen, Diane
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Mary
Subject:
Religious fiction
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
107-198
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.80x5.19x.77 in. .59 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 384 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142001325 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Schoemperlen's...intellectualizing is entertaining."
"Review" by , "Our Lady of the Lost and Found satisfies the hunger for both good...storytelling and honest-to-God soul-searching."
"Review" by , "[A] highly intelligent and unique discourse on philosophy and the phenomenon of human faith."
"Review" by , "This delightful portrait of the Mother of God as an exhausted contemporary female sporting a blue trench coat and white Nikes will appeal to readers seeking an unconventional form of spiritual renewal."
"Synopsis" by ,
One Monday morning in April, a middle-aged writer walks into her living room to water the plants and finds a woman standing beside her potted fig tree. Dressed in a navy blue trench coat and white Nikes, the woman introduces herself as "Mary. Mother of God.... You know. Mary." Instead of a golden robe or a crown, she arrives bearing a practical wheeled suitcase. Weary after two thousand years of adoration and petition, Mary is looking for a little R and R. She's asked in for lunch, and decides to stay a week. As the story of their visit unfolds, so does the story of Mary-one of the most complex and powerful female figures of our time-and her changing image in culture, art, history, as well as the thousands of recorded sightings that have placed her everywhere from a privet hedge to the dented bumper of a Camaro.

As this Everywoman and Mary become friends, their conversations, both profound and intimate, touch upon Mary's significance and enduring relevance. Told with humor and grace, Our Lady of the Lost and Found is an absorbing tour through Mary's history and a thoughtful meditation on spirituality, our need for faith, and our desire to believe in something larger than ourselves.

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